The spookiest day of the year has finally arrived. From hanging costumes on the back of closet doors to ensure a pristine ensemble, getting pillow cases ready to be filled with all the best treats your neighbors have to offer, and making sure flashlights and other glowing objects are in working order (because safety first), homes in every neighborhood are preparing for tomorrow's Halloween festivities. You might think the horror ends once you wipe away the green face of the wicked witch, or the ghastly get-up from the Count himself, but the true fright has really just begun. With enough candy now in your home to pay for your dentist's vacations for the next three years, make sure you have these tricks up your sleeves for when the treats leave behind a frightful mess.
Chocolate covered everything
Between fun-sized candy bars, Hersey's Kisses, M&M's, Reese's Cups, Whoppers.... It's inevitable that a few chocolate-covered fingers are going to make their way onto your furniture. Before you let the mess take all of your (almond) joy, give yourself a few minutes to regroup.
In the time you just spent focusing on your breathing, the chocolate has had time to harden, and this is good! With the dull side of a butter knife, gently scrape the chocolate from the outside in and brush the crumbs onto a napkin that you can then dispose of. Next, place a few ice cubes in a plastic bag and set it on top of the remaining stain for ten minutes and repeat. Then, blot the area with a sponge dampened with mild dish soap and cold water. Avoid scrubbing as this could rub the chocolate further into the fabric! If the chocolate stain is still visible after patting the area dry, take enough corn meal to cover the spot and let it sit to absorb the moisture and what's left of the stain. Finally, vacuum the spot and voila! It's like it never even happened.
this is a sticky situation
Sticky candy like bubble gum, lollipops, and Airheads are notorious lick-em-and-leave-em-treats. Maybe your kids get bored counting how many licks to the center of a Tootsie-Pop, or leave behind a big globby mess after fitting the entire package of Big League Chew in their mouths. The mess might seem intimidating, especially if you have a microfiber sofa like this one, but it can actually be tackled with a pantry staple.
Warm vinegar helps to detach gum and other hardened candy from your furniture's fibers without causing damage. Just place 2-3 tablespoons in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30-45 seconds. Next, take a clean cloth and dip it into the bowl and place the dampened cloth on the mess. After about a minute or so, the gum/candy/what-have-you will peel away effortlessly. You can then clean the spot with a water-dampened cloth to remove any vinegar left behind.
So, your pumpkins have finally succumbed to their sugar crash. The chaos surrounding trick-or-treating is over, but the stress of keeping a watchful eye on candy-coated fingers has just begun. You deserve a glass of wine, because kids, right? You head to this conveniently discreet wine rack, choose the first bottle of Merlot you see, pour a glass, and plop right on the couch. And your wine adorably decides to plop right next to you, out of your glass and onto the couch you spent all day protecting. Instead of whining, work quickly and your family will be none the wiser to your mommy-mishap.
First, apply a dry powder like salt (which is your best option), baking soda, or kitty litter, to the spill and after a few minutes vacuum the residue away. If you worked quickly enough, this could be enough to remove the stain completely. If not, mix three parts hydrogen peroxide with one part dish soap, apply to the spot, and let sit for about an hour before blotting clean to reveal a stain-free sofa.
if cleaning just isn't your style
Check out the Sunbrella living rooms at Kensington Furniture. Make-up, chocolate, wine, dirt, and more will roll right off of your furniture with just water. Don't believe it? Check out this video or come by Kensington to see for yourself!